ASLE + AESS 2023: (Non)fictional Representations of Labor in Reclaiming the Commons [New Deadline]

deadline for submissions: 
December 2, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Matt Morgenstern / Purdue University
contact email: 

Environmental humanists are uniquely poised to consider how creative texts (including but not limited to novels, short stories, poems, films, theatre, visual art media, and podcasts) represent the imagined labor of reclaiming the commons in a variety of contexts. Though these representations may range from realist to fabulist, from actionable to impossible, EH teachers, writers, scholars, and activists can share these representations to inspire new, detailed methods for reclamation. Accordingly, this panel considers how various texts represent the labor of reclaiming the commons and how those representations can speak to real-world reclamation efforts. The panel is also interested in studies of nonfictional texts (including forms such as documentaries, nature writing, etc.) that adopt a critical stance toward labor and reclamation. As such, topics for consideration may include labor organization; new political economies; ecological engineering and stewardship; and reproductive labor and care work, among others. 

Please submit proposals of at least 100 words (including name, email, and a short bio) in a single Word or PDF file to Matt Morgenstern ( by end of day December 2, 2022.* Feel free to email the above address with questions regarding your proposal before submitting.

*This call is for a four person, pre-formed panel, which will be submitted for the conference organizers at the end of December. More information on the panel’s potential acceptance will come shortly thereafter.